Next step in Healing your Digestive Tract helps to clean the gut of any underlying infection or parasites – which are much more common than people think.
Always start by following the “heal your gut” recommendations and the imbalance in the microbiome called Dysbiosis and/or SIBO in Healing your Digestive Tract and Leaky Gut – to create a healing environment before going on to this next stage.
So after 2 weeks on your ‘real food’ diet you should be feeling lighter and more energetic. If you have a problem with parasites you will already have weakened them because you have taken away their favourite foods – sugar and carbohydrates!
At this stage it is important to pay attention to your digestion, bowel function and poo as this will indicate how things are working. Has it changed since starting the new regime?
Hopefully, constipation shouldn’t be an issue with all the extra vegetables and magnesium but if it is
- add more fibre by grinding flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds and sprinkling them over food or into smoothies.
- Take a spoonful of omega 3 oil or olive oil prior to a meal.
- Start the day with a mug of hot water with a slice of ginger and a slice of lemon in it.
- Try taking a digestive enzyme tablet with each meal.
- Add some fermented food like saurkraut, kimchi or non-dairy kefir to your diet.
- Drink some coconut milk/water.
- increase the magnesium to 400mgs 3 times a day or take Milk of Magnesia.
If your bowels were loose or erratic before, have they become normal and formed over the past couple of weeks?
If they haven’t or you still have wind, bloating, pain and loose stools then there is a strong possibility that you have a residual infection or parasite problem. Other indications of this may be
- sleep problems
- changes to nails -splitting, vertically ridged, dry and weak.
- tongue having a white or yellow coating first thing in the morning.
- Mucous in the stool – this is produced by the bowel trying to protect the body from toxicity and as an inflammatory reaction therefore a strong sign that you need to clean up your gut more.
If you can get a stool test done by your doctor then please do but if not here is a list of herbal supplements that are anti-microbial and/or anti-parasitic. Most of these should not be taken while pregnant so check with a pharmacist.
- Sweet Wormwood (or Artemesia Annua)
- Garlic(preferably raw)
- Oregano oil
- Grapefruit seed oil
- Black Walnut
Berberine (Barberry) is also a used as it has shown properties to get rid of many pathogens but also help heal the gut. I don’t think it is available to buy over the counter in Europe now but I ordered it over the internet as Phyto-Biotic Immune from Enzymatic but you might find other sources.
Some supplements contain other herbs and spices to help calm and heal the gut. I found a good one from Denmark called ‘dida‘ which is cinnamon based (a good anti-inflammatory) and worked well.
Sometimes the supplements come as drops that you add to water, like Para-Cleanse from Harmonic Health in Kent, UK.
Parasites have quite a long life-cycle and you don’t want to kill the parasites to find that fresh eggs hatch 2-3 weeks later and you are back with the same problem. Continue the treatment for a month and maybe then even do another couple of weeks with a different product or take some Aloe Vera juice before each meal to prevent a re-infection. Slippery Elm is another product that can help coat the gut lining and prevent re-infestation while healing.
This subject sometimes really freaks people out but it is possible to have parasites and flukes and infection in your gut for years. If you have ever had a really bad “tummy bug” and taken a while to recover it is possible that the infection has remained and is what is causing you to be malnourished and inflamed now – so if in doubt – get them out!